Nigerian president's chief of staff dies from coronavirus

Nigerian president's chief of staff dies from coronavirus
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  • calendar-gray 19 April 2020

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff died on Friday from COVID-19, the presidency said on Saturday, making him the most high profile person in the country to die in the coronavirus outbreak, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Abba Kyari had acted as the gatekeeper to 77-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari. After his re-election last year, Buhari ordered ministers to channel all communications through him. 

Kyari had underlying health problems including diabetes. Reuters reported on March 24 that he had contracted the disease. 

“Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on 17th April, 2020, at the age of 67 from complications caused by the coronavirus, was a true Nigerian patriot,” said Buhari in a tweet, using an honorific title for Kyari.

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